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A Balanced Model for Exploration of the Terrestrial Planets: Lessons from the Lunar ExperienceThe Moon is the only extraterrestrial rocky body for which we have a combination of surface-selected samples, high-resolution orbital photography (Lunar Orbiter), manned and robotic surface exploration (Surveyor, Apollo, Luna), and global compositional, mineralogical, and geophysical data (Galileo, Clementine, Lunar Prospector). Beginning in 1998, CAPTEM organized a series of workshops and conference sessions aimed at integrating these diverse data sets. The insights gained by bringing together scientists from the remote-sensing and sample-analysis communities have been singularly rewarding. Not least of these has been the recognition by both groups that having both kinds of data maximizes the scientific return and permits reconciling information from diverse scales and perspectives. The 20-20 hindsight of the Lunar experience thus provides important lessons; learning from mistakes as well as successes, we can derive a sensible scientific program for Mars exploration. In this abstract, we describe examples of key information from (a) in-situ geologic investigation, (b) laboratory analysis of returned samples whose geologic context and location are known, and (c) global remote sensing of mineralogy, composition, and geophysical parameters. We then show the value of integrating these diverse data sets.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Conference Paper
Jolliff, B. L.
(Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO United States)
Keller, L. P.
(MVA, Inc. Atlanta, GA United States)
MacPherson, G. J.
(Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC United States)
Neal, C. R.
(Notre Dame Univ. IN United States)
Papanastassiouu, D. A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Ryder, G.
(Lunar and Planetary Inst. Houston, TX United States)
Shearer, C. K.
(New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration
Issue: Part 1
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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